Ag supermarket proves a hit

By Country News

A crowd just shy of 60000 flocked to the 2018 Henty Machinery Field Days to inspect the ‘agribusiness supermarket’, showcased by 849 exhibitors across the 105ha.

Held from September 18 to 20, the 55th annual field days featured 14km of outdoor shopfronts on more than 1200 sites.

Despite tough seasonal conditions along the eastern seaboard, visitors responded from every state in Australia, seeking out the hot-ticket items of hay, fencing and stock-handling equipment.

With many regional cereal and oil seed crops due to be cut for hay this week, mowers, rakes and tedders were at the forefront of inquiry and sales.

In support of drought-affected farmers, Wagga Wagga business Grainline auctioned a grain auger for $22209 to raise funds for the Rapid Relief Team.

Pioneer Water Tanks auctioned a tank for $7000 to donate to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and a collectible quilt sold for $1500 with the proceeds going to CWA of NSW for Disaster Relief.

Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said exhibitor numbers were almost on par with last year and some had increased their site to accommodate larger machinery and equipment.

She said a final crowd number of 57000 had generated sales of stock handling, fencing products and water troughs.

A highlight of this year’s event was the coveted Henty Machine of the Year Award, which was presented to Simon Schinckel, from Naracoorte, South Australia, for the Schinckel Next F Series V-rake.

Highly commended was the Post Straightener from Daryl Irving and Dan Robinson, from Mudgee, NSW.

The field days were officially opened by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chairman Mick Keogh.